Conference | Narratives of Debt

04/21 Friday | 10am

  The Oikos working group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Unpayable Debt working group at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference present “Narratives of Debt”, a one-day conference on the ways that people and groups have grappled with and against various forms of indebtedness. The morning session will feature speakers working…

Book Launch

Unwanted Advances: Laura Kipnis in Conversation with Shamus Khan

04/19 Wednesday | 6:30pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the New York Institute for the Humanities invite you to a talk with Laura Kipnis on her newest book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. She will be joined in conversation by the cultural critical Shamus Khan, of Columbia University. About the book: From a highly regarded feminist cultural…


Dadaab Is a Place on Earth: Architecture in the Twilight of the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

04/18 Tuesday | 6pm

This moderated discussion concerns architecture and emergency urbanism in history, focusing on the constructed environment of the UNHCR-administered refugee camp complex at Dadaab, Kenya, near the border with Somalia. Paradoxical for its scale and ephemerality together, the Dadaab complex at once approaches and resists being “urban,” on the one hand, and a “camp,” on the…

Book Launch

Book Launch | The Financial Diaries

04/17 Monday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Oikos working group invite you to join us for the book launch of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider. The authors will be in discussion with Ajay Chaudry and Katherine O’Regan. Deep within the American Dream lies the belief that…


From DIY Urbanism to Actually Existing Commons

04/13 Thursday | 12:30pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and Gehl Institute invite you to join us for a lunchtime presentation from Jeffrey Hou, professor of landscape architecture and and urban design and planning at the University of Washington, Seattle, on his new work on “urban commoning.” Against the backdrop of increasing enclosures of the public realm through forces of privatization…


Artist Talk | Norell Giancana

04/12 Wednesday | 3:15pm

The Race and Public Space working group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the Metropolitan Studies Program invite you to a screening and conversation with filmmaker Norell Giancana. Norell holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Her research centers on the sexual politics and aesthetic sensibilities that have historically defined African American print magazines, especially those conceived…

Book Launch

Learning How to Swim: Negotiating Immersion in Journalism and in Social Science

04/11 Tuesday | 6pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU invite you to join us for a conversation about how journalists and social scientists negotiate the challenges of spending extended periods of time with the people they’re writing about in immersive reporting and research, the subject of Ted Conover’s new book, Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to…


Humanizing Data: Data, Humanities, and the City

04/08 Saturday | 9am

RSVP here This day-long symposium examines how we can use data and digital strategies to enhance and disrupt the kinds of research questions, methods, and narratives that define the humanities. It also complicates the role of the urban university in a global “city-state” such as New York, where the boundaries between university and city are…


The Future of Progressive Politics: Praxis and Strategy

04/06 Thursday | 6:30pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge’s Race and Public Space workshop and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU invite you to join us for a double panel on practical solutions concerning criminal justice reform and the future of progressive politics. The first panel features representatives from three organizations dedicated to criminal justice: Ezra Ritchin…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Barbara Celarent: Varieties of Social Imagination

04/03 Monday | 6pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge and the Department of Sociology at NYU invite you to join us for a book launch celebrating the release of Varieties of Social Imagination, the collected works of the pseudonymous Barbara Celarent, edited by sociologist Andrew Abbott. Abbott will present this intriguing work in discussion with Paola Castaño, Daniel Huebner, and  Peter Miller. In July 2009,…

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